Every new year is all about making wonderful memories in a world without color. Each memory adding more and more to the pallet. I hear it all the time when a new year is upon us how people will decide to make a change. “This year will be different!” they say, as gym memberships go up, new commitments are made, or something life changing is planned. I didn’t want to be the person who falls flat on making good with their goals. I had to make progress, and I had to be better than I was yesterday. Boy do I have a long way to go.
I used to have the “fix it in post mentality” about all my photos. It was a bad habit to drop, and I never expected to be honest with myself about this because Photoshop is like my life blood. However, the path to being a good photographer is never really needing to launch an Adobe product to fix bad photography. I know it may seem like crazy talk, but my aim for this year is to reduce my post editing work. With that said, I would say I have cut down on post processing by 75% in my current work. I won’t break my arm patting myself on the back for it, but the point I am trying to make is that excitement should come from taking an incredible photograph and not what you can do in editing.
I’ve been a Profoto user since 2012, and for this photo shoot I wanted the gear to not hinder me. The Profoto D1 Monolights have always been a part of my travel kit, but this time I decided to lighten the load and just bring the Profoto B2 and Profoto A1 OCFs. For body and glassware I used the Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70mm as well as the Nikkor 14-24mm lenses. I’m a hard light shooter, so the Profoto Zoom Reflector was the main light modifier for these shots. I ditched the Nikon battery grip for this one, but instead I brought along my black rapid camera strap with utility pockets to include any extra batteries of memory cards. So my camera, two lights, and a light stand was all I managed to carry for myself during this shoot. While on location I saw a couple of other photographers rocking their on camera flashes and that was pretty much it. I find it interesting how as photographers we can all be so different and yet almost have the same objective in securing the best exposure using what we have. So I am grateful to see technology has received a smaller form factor for the on the go photographers.
Eagle Mountain Park is one of those popular spots where photographers and hikers go to let off some steam. It isn’t my favorite place to shoot, but it was a nice spot to field test the Profoto hardware and understand the challenges I would face as a single shooter. The wardrobe for this shoot consisted of H&M meets Justice with Converse Chuck Taylors as the footer. The beautiful Ericka is the face of Moera Creative, and the simple direction focusing on the red color here was to symbolize the new year motif. I think this was a very successful field test using the new Profoto A1 world’s smallest studio light, and the Profoto B2 TTL. It was a definite game changer in getting beautiful studio quality lighting in an outdoor environment. The kick off for 2018 has been positive, and I can’t wait to share more memories as the days fly by.